Along with many other schools in the Roanoke Valley, Cave Spring Middle School participated in Red Ribbon Week which is designed to raise awareness about the dangers involved in drug and alcohol use. Red Ribbon Week took place from Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25.
The school came together to decorate the hallways, columns, walls, and even doors in red. On Wednesday, October 23, the students and teachers participated in some friendly competition: to see who could come up with the best Red Ribbon Week decorations for their homeroom doors. You can see the pictures of the doors above.
Door decorating wasn’t the only event going on at the school. During Red Ribbon Week, students were asked to answer a question of the day and each day had a different theme. On Tuesday, students were given the theme: My Future is Bright, No Drugs in Sight and the students were encouraged/allowed to wear sunglasses. On Wednesday, students were encouraged to wear red. On Thursday, students were asked to dress for their future. Friday was college day, where the students could wear gear from their favorite schools.
On Thursday, October 24, special guests were brought to the school as well. Josh Hill and his father Rick Hill were asked to speak to the student body. Josh Hill’s story is very sad, but very inspiring. When Josh was in highschool, he was hit by a drunk driver. Now, he is wheelchair bound. Rick Hill, Josh’s father did most of the talking during the event and what he said brought tears to many people’s eyes.
Josh was driving home one Saturday night in November, twelve years ago. He had been working at the local grocery store and was tired. He was supposed to meet his father and brother at an event, but decided to go home instead. After finding out that Josh wasn’t going to meet him at the event, Rick Hill decided to go home and check on him. While he was driving down the road, he saw flashing lights in front of him. He realized there had been a wreck. Rick got out of the car to try to help… and then he realized what was in front of him. His son… his car. His son had been hit head on by an underaged drunk driver. These were things Rick Hill never thought he would have to endure. Josh was paralyzed… he was unconsious. The helicopter came and took Josh to the hospital. He remained in a coma for three months. Eventually, Josh came out of the coma and through extensive rehabilitation, was able to start talking again and doing some things for himself.
While Josh will always be in a wheelchair, he never stops smiling. Rick Hill says his son is his hero, not just because of the strength it took to overcome the hardships that he has had to endure, but also because, as hard as it is for him, he wants to tell other people about what happened to him in hopes that he can help others. “He’s my hero,” said Rick, “by telling others our story, we want to help prevent this from happening to other families.”
You can read more about Josh and his story at: www.thejoyfulnoise.com, and click on Josh’s tab.